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been set aside from the budget to finance a high- speed rail projects throughout the united states. our next guest studies that as far as the rails concerned and what it does for job creation. his with the american transportation association and we will have that topic after this. >> american judge can be enclosed for spreading good will overseas debts >> i think so. over there, it is like a religion. they go over there and they live it. >> he was without question, the single most important figure in just in the 20th-century. >> q a date sunday on his biography on louis armstrong. >> to night, the history of executive power from george washington to george w. bush. this is part of our book tv weekend, on c-span 2. >> listen to cspan radio in washington at 90.1 fm. it is also if reapplication for your iphone. >> "washington journal" continues. host: our guest is the vice president for policy at the american transportation society. what does your association do text guest: they are at association of all the public transportation systems in the country and affiliated interests going back t
do nothing, that health care costs will continue to strangle small businesses in the united states, will continue to further increase their grip around the throats of families in the united states and all we hear when we go back to our districts is about the cost of health care. and this is president obama's attempt and the attempt of the democrats to try to fix this problem. by doing absolutely nothing we're going to see an $1,800 a year increase in the average family of four's health care costs next year. and then another $1,800 the following year and another $2,000 and it will just keep escalating to the point where it eats up the whole family budget and you're paying more and getting less in coverage, really. so it's eating up the whole family budget, less money to spend on tuition, less money to go on a vacation, less money to increase your family's quality of life. maybe move into a better neighborhood, a better school district. and all of these things are not available to families because of the increased cost in health care. and so doing nothing allows that to continue beca
barack obama, the u.s. president, that there will be further attacks on the united states unless he takes steps to resolve the palestinian situation. in an audiotape obtained by al- jazeera on sunday, the al qaeda chief, praised the nigerian accused of the christmas day bombing." we would give a listen to a translation of that tape. -- we will get a listen to a translation of that tape. >> made peace beyond those that osama bin laden brings guidance to. our message, carried by words, conveyed to you through the flame of the hero, we have proved that the heroes of 9/11 can be effective. the message is that america will never dream of living in peace unless we lived it in palestine. it is not fear -- it is not fair that you enjoy a safe life while our brothers in gaza suffered greatly. with god's will, we will continue as long as you continue to support israel. peace be on those that follow the lead of guidance. host: that tape was released yesterday. first, a quick political note, marion barry is set to announce his retirement after seven terms, according to two sources. the move would mak
are running rampant. not only are they running rampant in the united states, but we have been exporting this model of free-market fundamentalism around the world. we exported it to haiti, for example. people should remember that he was a disaster before the earthquake, because, in part, the united states government imposed this free market on the island despite the will of the people, resulting in fairly dire time before the earthquake. tavis: alan greenspan is part of the reason that we were in the mess that we were in, having to do with aack of due diligence. he has addressed that. i raise that, because the man that now has that seat, ben beanke, who we saw weeks ago, he was the man of the year in " time magazine." i have my own thoughts about that, but share for me what it means when an esteemed institution like "time magazine" says that this guy, who was around when all of this deregulation happened, this is the man that deserves to be the man of the year. what statement does that make where your work is concerned? >> it shows a we are deeply in the nile about the deeper problems re
, the united states supreme court handed a huge victory to the special interests and lobbyists and a powerful blow to our efforts to rein and corporate influence. it's strikes at our democracy itself. by a 5-4 vote, the court overturned more than a century of law, including a bipartisan campaign finance lot written by john mccain and russ feingold that barred corporations from using the nato clout by running advertisements for or against candidates. this opens the floodgates for an unlimited amount of special interest money into our democracy. this gives the special interest lobbyists new leverage to spend millions on average -- on advertising, swaying voters to vote their way or punishing those who did not. that means any public servant who has the courage to stand up to special interest and stand up for the american people can find themselves under assault come election time. even foreign corporations can now get into the action. i cannot think of anything more devastating to the public interest. the last thing we need to do is hand more influence to the lobbyists in washington or more powe
virginia. it is a huge room filled with computers. it is basically the brain of the united states intelligence system. any tip -- it was created after september 11. this was the place that was supposed to answer the 9/11 commission report on the failure to connect the dots. this is the place. this is one of its first big tests. this is a place in northern virginia were all the data comes in. there's not a single agency that is supposed to run the show entirely. it's under the office of the director of national intelligence. it is under the director. it is not any single persons jurisdiction. all the different agencies are supposed to be participating. they are all supposed to share the data and make sure they do not miss things. in design, it is supposed to do exactly what it should have done here. it did not. why? i do not know the answer. caller: good morning. in the regulatory world, there's a thing called root cause analysis when a problem occurs. you look to find out what the true systemic cause of the problem was. when i look at what i know, this was not a system failure. th
the united states and japan, between the foreign minister and secretary clinton. they're really starting to cement their relationship. i can sense the chemistry and the trust developing between the two. that's deeply gratifying. in addition, the secretary gave a speech really outlining -- to interact with asia when it comes to its fledgling international organizations. and so even though the trip was abriefiated, i think we got quite a bit of work done. as p.g.a. indicated, this is today we're marking the 50th anniversary of the u.s.-japan security alliance, the security partnership. it's no exaggeration to say that it has been the cornerstone and the foundation of everything that we've managed to accomplish over the course of the last few generations inin asia. and we hear this not just from japanese friends but throughout the region. over the course of the last couple of months, as the united states and japan worked together on a series of challenging matters, one of the things that's been most interesting and gratifying is how much we hear from other countries in the region, from sout
it is that defines what health insurance is acceptable if you're an individual citizen in the united states? is it the individual citizen? is it the 22-year-old that says i can't afford health insurance right now and i'm very healthy and i'm making the decision not to get health insurance, is he the one that decides what acceptable health insurance coverage is? of course, the answer is no. no, the answer is that the federal government knows what you need better than you do. and so the federal government is going to mandate that you have this coverage, and they're going to tell you what kind of coverage it is and you got to buy it. now, this raises kind of an interesting legal point, and that is, if the government mandates thaw have something or buy -- that you have something or buy something, isn't that essentially a tax increase? is that when you mandate that somebody has to buy a particular product, is that something that the federal government should be doing in this particular area? is it even constitutional? when it is a mandate, is it essentially a tax increase? or pay 2.5% of income
-span is a person under the law of the united states and constitutional holding. here is why -- if the fcc and fbi were to blow through these doors right now and turn off all the cameras and a subpoena your files, it would be c-span -- it cannot vote, it is not a citizen, and yet everyone would recognize that that is a fundamental violation of the rights of c-span. why? because at the end of the day, c-span, just like any other association of individuals, it is an association of the people that make up the entity. this is very important. we cannot skip past the idea that associations of individuals have their rights and keep it short shrift. have to be respected in a democratic republic. with regard to george sorus, campaign finance law requires them to spend independently all he wants, but the sec investigated import i believe two years for a book -- the fcc investigated him out for i believe two years for a book he wrote about george bush. if we are deciding if a book should be banned or if books are illegal or if books are not part of our debate, whether by george soros or any other individual,
in the united states and around the world. i'm fareed zakaria. we see barack obama from two lens this week. on the one hand, he's the president. directing america's formidable might to ease the plight of millions in haiti. on the other, he's the de facto head of the democratic party. a party that just suffered a major electoral loss. there's lots of analysis what went wrong for the democrats, whether the country is in ideological terms to the left or sxrit what else this means for obama's presidency. is he a lame duck? let's start with some historical perspective. obama's approval ratings one year into his tenure are roughly the same as ronald reagan, bill clinton, jimmy carter's. the two bushes had higher ratings. 41 because of the collapse of the soviet union. and 43, because of 9/11. and the rallying effect that had on the presidency. so obama's situation is not dramatically worse than many of his predecessors which means it can be corrected. but what should he do? i would put it very simply. obama needs to start acting like a president and particularly the president he campaigned to be
began to invade iraq. remember that? only a month later, the congress of the united states voted to allow president bush to invade and occupy iraq. we now are in a second phase of the gop propaganda blitz, and it is even worse this time. this time the folks in massachusetts are the target. i'm a texan, i'm a democrat from texas, a state where we don't have a single democratic statewide official, which is directly opposite massachusetts. if you vote against the democratic candidate today, you will be joining the republicans in their attempt to bring down this obama administration and possibly even the united states government. host: open but the houston chronicle," home state paper has this front-page story -- "the houston chronicle." host: raleigh, north carolina, jim on the republican line. caller: thank you. i would just have to counter fred's argument and say that perhaps this election is somewhat like the shot heard around the world, the first election where the american populace and the voters are going to stand up and say no to the obama socialism machine. i just watch with
in yemen is an organization that can reach out and touch the united states. that's a major reason general david petraeus went to yemen over the weekend and met with the president there and took messages and we are told pieces of information, and that's a direct quote from a senior u.s. official. pieces of information to president obama. the bottom line they are talking about targeting al qaeda. general petraeus made rare open remarks about yemen over the weekend. >> it's a country that has a lot of challenges. the reduction in oil production, although gas is going up, thankfully. many of the challenges of countries that are in the process of development, rugged terrain, tribal areas and so forth. and so very important, indeed, that yemen has taken the actions that it has, and indeed that not just the united states, but countries in the region, its neighbors and so forth have provided significant assistance. >> what comes next, heidi? yemen has taken actions. there will be more sharing of intelligence and more targeting information, and more training and equipping of yemenen security force
killed on khost, afghanistan, for their service to the united states and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from texas, mr. reyes, and the gentleman from texas, mr. thornberry, each will control 20 minutes. and the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. reyes: thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks on this resolution. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. reyes: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. reyes: on december 30, while many of us were watching football, traveling back from holiday visits with our families or preparing to usher in the new year with loved ones, seven members of the central intelligence agency family had their lives cut short in an attack on forward operating base chapman in khost, afghanistan. this was the deadliest day for the c.i.a. since the bombing of the beirut embassy in 1983. the news of this challengic -- t
political story here in the united states right now. let's show you the results of this election as we have them right now. almost 100% of the precincts counted, 96%. scott brown, the republican with 52%, martha coakley, the state attorney general, 47%. more than 100,000 vote margin right there. a significant win for scott brown. let's go to john king. he's over at scott brown's headquarters where there are a lot of happy people right now. set the scene for us, john. i assume we're getting ready to hear from the winner of this race. >> reporter: we are waiting to hear from scott brown, a state senator, wolf, who will soon become a republican united states senator from massachusetts, for the first time in 30 years. and scott brown will take a seat held by the liberal ted kennedy for nearly 50 years. that, in itself, a big message from the people of massachusetts tonight. not only to their own leadership here, but to the president of the united states and to the national democratic party. scott brown in a state that barack obama won 14 months ago by 26 points. scott brown ran against the obam
. >>> this is "gps" the global public square. welcome to our oviewers in the united states and around the world. i'm fareed zakaria. we see barack obama from two lenses this week. on the one hand, he's the president, directing america's formidable right to help the ease in haiti. he is the head of the democratic party, the party that just suffered a major electoral loss. a lot of analysis of what went wrong for the democrats of whether the country is in ideological terms to the left or to the right and what all this means for obama's presidency. is he a lame duck? let's start with some historical perspective. obama's presidential ratings one year into his tenure are roughly the same as ronald reagan and bill clinton and jimmy carter's. the two bushes had higher ratings 41 because of the collapse of the soviet union and number 43 because of the rallying effect on the presidency. it is not much worse than his predecessors so it can be corrected. what should he do? obama needs to start acting like a president and, particularly, the president he campaigned to become. for the last six months, barack ob
in the united states saying he's not guilty. this hour the dramatic scene inside the courtroom as he entered his plea and what comes next. >>> some muslim women say they're being stopped, searchened and even beating an airports sincely because they're wearing head scarves. is it part of the government's official policy? what's going on? >>> the republican national commit aye chairman under fire by members of his own party. they say michael steele needs to muzzle himself. >>> i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." >>> his mug shot has been plastered all over the air waves and internet for weeks. today reporters got a better look at umar farouk abdulmutallab, the man charged with transcribing to blow up a u.s. airliner on christmas. our deborah feyerick was inside the courtroom when he entered the plea. she's joining us live from droimt. describe, deb, what happened. >> reporter: wolf, abdulmutallab walked in very, remember he's suffering lap burns have been detonated the bomb that was hidden in his underwear. he was wearing a white t-shirt and khaki pants, sneakers, his feet were shack
's not just child's talk. that's for real. the united states of america to borrow a phrase from will rogers, the economics of america is in a deep hole. and will rogers says, what do you do when you find yourself in a deep hole? you stop digging. well, it's not so easy to stop digging. but essentially we have to find ways, this task force, over the next year, bipartisan, consensual, working together, we have to find a way to present to the congress and the president and the american people a budget. multiyear, many years, it will encompass many years. and it will provide to us a way out of this enormous, unsustainable debt. now, i want to start with one of the graphs we have up here. and if i were somebody who could tie a graph into a proposal, i'd make this graph part of our everyday life. i don't know if i'd put it on our forehead and get somebody to screw it up there or what. let me step up here and show you this one. it says debt held by the public. and the word public is not just individuals. it's countries, it's institutions that have bought debt from the united states for all united
of receiving an address from the president of the united states. on thursday and friday, the house is not in session to give time for the republican issues conference to occur in baltimore,ed maryland. we will consider several bills under suspension. complete list will be announced by close of business tomorrow. in addition, madam speaker, we will consider h.r. 3726, the castle knife nugent establishment act of 2009 and h.r. 4474 the idaho will deerness protection act introduced by mr. minnick and mr. simpson. and i yield back. >> i thank the gentleman. madam speaker, i ask the gentleman if he could comment on some of the press reports that we have seen this morning about the speaker's statement that this house and you will not be bringing to this house the senate health care bill for consideration. and i yield. >> well, i didn't see the speaker's statements, so i can't comment specifically on it, but i can say this to the gentleman but as the gentleman knows, there are significant critical differences between the house and senate bills and we have been working on trying to bridge
that he said last night, just like in the united states we respect the religious rights of a community i think the haitians are catholic, christians, and people who believe what is in their right. host: are you haitian? caller: yes, i am. i came over as a kid. we fought alongside the americans in savannah, georgia. we share it -- we shed blood for this country. what mr. robinson said last i was really offensive. -- what mr. robertson. we send money back to haiti every year. there are 55,000 families that are affected by that. it is about 24%. we said about $2 billion every year. we pay our taxes and are good citizens. you can see by looking at the people like wyclef jean, the guy playing basketball, the political director of the white house. we are contributing to society. host: much money do you personally send back? is that nationwide how much patience brink -- send back to haiti? -- is that how much haitians send back? caller: myself i collect money from people for political education and civil society groups. four times a week i do training via skype to organizations. we are all doin
the president of the united states cares more about the rights of terrorists than he does protecting the american people. now, does any sensible person believe that? no. but that is driving the narrative in the mainstream media. not on fox. >> moyers: give me your explanation of why you think nbc, ge, and david gregory constantly ask newt gingrich on and not nancy pelosi? >> i think because the right wing media, fox, the "wall street journal", "the weekly standard", et cetera, et cetera, the heritage foundation, they have been so successful at defining the terms of the debate that the mainstream media accept their definitions of the issues and the parameters of discussion without even knowing they're doing it. and this infection has been going on for decades. and when the white house tried to take it on, in the form of taking on fox, the media reacted, "oh my god, you're attacking a sister network." that was the phrase of one of the abc correspondents. they should recognize that there are some people doing honest journalism and some people doing propaganda. and those people doing pro
created by the workers and laborers. my name is ray and i will attempt to run for united states congress in georgia. host: what district? caller: well, it will be statewide. in 1994 i ran in the first district. host: "the wall street journal ," it back to the lead article. morristown, new jersey, the republican line. caller: my wife worked in wall street for years. one of the things i find very interesting about -- everybody's basic comments about the bonuses is, while the ceo's may make a fair amount of money in bonuses and compensation, the reality is that the common people who work for these companies do not make this kind of money and as one of the previous callers indicated, it tends to be you rely on your bonus in order to get you through the year. we've made very little money back then and when you live in a metropolitan area like new york or even washington on los angeles, every little bit makes a big difference. people ae not making huge amounts of money. just enough basically to pay the bills and get by. you get to the center of the country, where a lot of irate people are cal
ask them how much, exactly, of this to you deserve by virtue of being a banker in the united states? even though you have been saved by the federal government. our sec person just call in all of our tax dollars. we are honest, government of biting folks for whom taxes are regulated, the banks were bailed out, saving these people, the bankers, their jobs, and etc.. now i want to ask them how do you explain tehe math? how is that benefiting? how is that fair? host: some of the names that we will hear from -- here is the photo from the paper -- "banks testifying before the committee last february, today they will hear from lloyd blank ein, jamie diamon, brian moynihan. leaders in congress said that they were not interested in debating the bankers. their purpose was to get information and it was more important than shaming anyone. for the chief executive at jpmorgan chase, the chief executive at goldman sachs, bank of america, and morgan stanley, that is good news as they prepare for their 9:00 a.m. appearance." john, what would you ask the bankers today? caller: probably 20 different q
, to threaten, intimidate, on behalf of the people of the united states of america. you have already taken steps to correct the perception that perhaps intimidation was being attempted. and i commend you for that. you are going to get a letter from myself and other members of the minority later today asking that we consider those discussions to make sure that we make that absolutely clear that any citizen of this country that comes before this committee can testify to what ever they believe is the truth as they know it without fear of intimidation or retribution. i think that members on both sides of the aisle will share that goal. we are absolutely certain that that is the way that it will be, nothing else will be said. again, you and i have been friends for 25 years. i hope we will be friends for another 25 if we both live that long. i have nothing but personal and professional respect for you and your conduct. i am honored to sit on the same committee as you. i have sat in that chair as the chairman. i think that we can get this worked out. but did is a serious issue and it deserves serious c
. the clerk: a bill to designate facility of the united states postal service located at 1210 west main street in riverhead, new york, as the private first class garfield m. langhorn post office building. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the unfinished business is the question on suspending the rules and agreeing to house concurrent resolution 158 as amended which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: house concurrent resolution 158, early detection month for breast cancer and all forms of cancer. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to the concurrent resolution as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the concur
and this attack, he said, is also a message to the united states for the cia and to the jordanian intelligence that you can't buy somebody off. you can't buy them away from their fate, because, of course, the jordanian intelligence and the cia thought he was an operative for them. he turned out to have been a double agent, fred dreek kaw. >> what are the implications? video for the cia, for jordanian intelligence agencies, et cetera? >> reporter: we've been talking here with an analyst very familiar with security operations in jordan and throughout the region, and from his perspective, this is going to mean a real close, hard look at all agents, any country is running in that reason, and there are lots of different countries who are running agents in and around the pakistan/afghan border trying to get on, to the al qaeda leaders. everyone will have to look at these spies they're running and figure out if they can trust them. the bottom line here is, trying to track down al qaeda leaders, the analysis has to be, this is going to cause a setback. it's going to take time to reanalyze all of those
vote in the united states senate. >> what is the next move if you only have 59 senators? >> health care mind be dead. >> sean: voters are choosing who will fill the seat left vacant by the late ted kennedy. >> it's the pooh people's seat. >> -- >> things will wrap up at 8:00 tonight. the polls in massachusetts are closed and the republicans returns are pouring in. scott brown the republican will win the massachusetts special election. >> i just off the phone with scott brown. i've offered him my congratulations. >> this does change everything. >> this in many ways a national referendum. >> an election that will shock the political world and have reverberations all around washington. >> time to end business as usual. >> what happened here in mass mats can happen all over america! -- here in massachusetts, can happen all over america! >> sean: we are one day removed from the shot heard round the world the stunning come from behind victory by republican scott brown in the massachusetts special election. the sweeping victory by the gop in the bluest of blue states no doubt has democrats acr
, revered private business more than we have now in the united states. that other nations have more pro-growth policies than we do, are more natural resource oriented than we are, less tax oriented, less exposure to huge budget deficits than we do here in america. remember the other night? anadarko jim hackett told us ghana and algeria are easier to deal with than the united states in doing business? algeria. read "savage war and peace." these are more investor friendly than the u.s.? if china is better for capitalism than capitalist america, why shouldn't ghana be a hotbed of investment? what's safe for the united states? what's safer? we're going to talk about developed countries after the break. that's called a tease in tv speak. now, i want to highlight the safest developing ones with terrific stocks to shock you -- that's right. i'm going to shock you out of your complacency. brazil, china and peru. that's right, you heard me. brazil, china and peru are all safe countries to put your money in. in many ways safer than the united states, because they do not favor a dictatorship of th
direction from where america wants to go. it will allow the biggest corporations of the united states to engage in buying and selling of elections. if you look at the staggering figures in the four to 100 companies and the revenues they have with profits, they can now unleashed directly in these elections, and that has potential to totally up and our system and corrupt the process in a way that i think should alarm every american citizen. just think of some hypothetical. as my colleague said, we're still going through the court decision. but imagine aig, just received millions of dollars of taxpayer money, being able to turn around spending money to advertise against people who disagreed with the agenda. think about the biggest firms on wall street at a time when you're trying to hold them accountable, to take money and defeat those who call for greater transparency and accountability on wall street. think about corporations, u.s. corporations, whose main financial interest and a majority profits come from investments in china and other places around the world,. their profit margins a
in that position the president of the united states also asked chief justice william is to serve on the military commission's review panel with the rank of major general. judge williams has acknowledged to be one of the leading authorities on a life and times of a young perry lawyer from a little like. he served as founding chairman of the lincoln for a president of the u.s. grant association for 12 years serving as president of the lincoln group of boston and for nine years as president of the abraham lincoln association. judge williams is the author or editor of 11 books on mr. lincoln, the latest of which is lincoln lessons people and reflections on america's greatest leader, co are paired with william peterson and published by the southern illinois university press this year. judge williams is working on an annotated bibliography of all of the lincoln titles published since 1865 st. louis he should have that completed this weekend. at the same time is writing a book on lincoln as he rode. he has served on active duty with the united states army in the republic of vietnam. his decorations inc
in the united states, among the first of what might become a wave of young refugees from that devastated country, the military plane carrying them, along with pennsylvania governor ed rendell, touched down a short time ago at pittsburgh international airport. these pictures just into the fox news room of those young orphans de planing. they're the first being taken to children's hospital, pittsburgh -- pittsburgh, where they'll be examined, the kids have been under the care of two sisters from the pittsburgh area who managed to get word out to family members about their dire situation in haiti, their relatives contacted rendell's office for help cutting through red tape to bring them here. the children will be placed in group homes until adopgs are finalized. -- adoptions are finalized. jane: exactly one week now since the disaster struck in haiti, while the aid we're seeing it pour in, the crisis is far from over. i'm jane skinner along with jon scott. it's estimated now that 1.5 million people in haiti are now without homes. relief workers say looting, pockets of violence is making it tough to
into the united states without a visa. >> that is an excellent point and it is of great concern to us for some time particularly when we are looking at individuals in great britain who may have dual citizenship in pakistan and england and maybe using one passport to travel to pakistan and their british passport to travel to our country. i realize it is an issue for another day but if it's of great concern. we have to -- >> we have to learn the lessons of this case but not over learn the lessons. using this data is very much integrated in the equation. let me ask a question in when dhs was established in 2002, they wanted to assign personnel today's issue in diplomatic posts overseas to review -- eight years later. dhs personnel as i understand it are in about 15 out of the 220 state department posts around the world. that small number is even more disturbing when you consider that dhs and the state the province have identified 57 posts as being high risk. i also understand that request to expand to three more of these high risk posts for more than a year and that you signed them recently. why
in yemen-- called al qaeda in the arabian peninsula-- we knew that they sought to strike the united states and that they were recruiting operatives to do so, the intelligence community did not aggressively follow up on and prioritize particular streams of intelligence related to a possible attack against the homeland. second, this contributed to a larger failure of analysis, a failure to connect the dots of intelligence that existed across our intelligence community. third, this in turn fed into shortcomings in the watch- listing system, which resulted in this person not being placed on the no-fly list, thereby allowing him to board that plane in amsterdam for detroit. in sum, the u.s. government had the information scattered throughout the system to potentially uncover this plot and disrupt the attack. rather than a failure to collect or share intelligence, this was a failure to connect and understand the intelligence that we already had. >> holman: as the president spoke, officials released declassified results of the investigation so far. among the new revelations: the 23-year-old niger
the united states, but those within the outside or national community who have wanted the united states to engage those countries directly to at least see what can be achieved. new sanctions. they say that is a byproduct of the engagement and being tough on the north koreans. iran, the administration admits it has nothing to show for its engagement. there is no solid movement by the international community toward sanctions. the white house says it will continue to pursue both tracks, meaning dialogue and if that does not work sanctions. i talked to lee hamilton about the alternatives and maybe some of the conservative criticism. here's part of his response. >> what are the options? well, the options are the bombs away. i don't think many people think that is a very good option, particularly with regard to iran at the present time. talking is better than fighting. it is better to jaw, jaw, jaw, than to war, war, war, said churchill. i think that is pretty good advice. >> reporter: lee hamilton, a prominent foreign policy voice and early supporter of the n candidate obama. he also told me
that al qaeda in yemen was actively recruiting people to attack the united states but those agencies failed to follow through. >> rather than a failure to collect or share gel skwrepbs, this was a failure to connect and understand the intelligence that we already had. >> reporter: the review ordered by the president finds that the u.s. government had sufficient information prior to attempted december 25 attack to have potentially disrupted the al qaeda plot. but when the president met in the oval office to review terrorist threats just three days before the attack, umar farouk abdulmutallab was not even on the list, despite a series of red flags. >> what's new here and what's important and dramatic is the fact that you have an al qaeda affiliate trying to hit the homeland directly. >> reporter: numerous officials, including the president's top homeland security advisors say they share in the blame. >> i told president today i let him down. >> reporter: the head of the national counterterrorism center left for a ski vacation shortly after the attack, meeting with the white house by se
was in the united states. >> bret: went on to say we'll do it better next time. that's the nation's top intelligence officer. high value detainee interrogation group. that's the hig. blare released minutes ago a statement saying that the hig is not fully operational yet. >> that makes it worse. this is absolutely stunning. the administration on day one literally a year ago today said the president signed an executive order against torture. and involved in that was establishing a way to interrogate important detainees. and that was establishing mid year this juliohigg. the oversight is provided in the white house. now, we learned now a half a year later that the hig isn't even in place and secondly what we just heard that it was only -- nobody had thought of what happens if you capture a terrorist in the united states. this apparatus involved hundreds, thousands of people and billions of dollars a year and not one of them said what happens if we capture a terrorist in the united states? this is absolutely unbelievable. the real scandal here is not that a guy with a bomb got on a plane. it can happen
without some of the concerns that you might have as an american citizen in the united states who was under arrest for robbing a convenience store or something strikes me as a pretty wrongheaded way to conduct a war. i am troubled by that and i hope that the administration will move in the direction of clearing up this confusion. i have found from top to bottom in iraq concern among military people about this state of confusion with regard to a detention and attainment. -- detainment. >> i share senator mcconnell concerns. it was very clear that there was uncertainty among our military personnel as to how they are required now and going to be required in the future to deal with the handling of detainees. i wanted to make several points. first, it was very clear that the morale of our troops is very high. we have a tremendous fighting force in afghanistan and a very, very committed american soldiers who are doing their job. one of the impressive things i noted was where our troops have moved into a region. they have been successful in achieving their objective so far. their first objective w
which is a huge security problem when dealing with devastation of this scale. here in the united states during hurricane katrina we had general honore who got it to happen. the united states is sending 2,000 marines to help the u.n. peace keepers who have served as police in haiti in the past. a little over a hundred will leave today. what they will do is prepare for the arrival of another roughly 800 personnel tomorrow. then some 2,200 marines are being deployed to help with security as well as search and rescue and the delivery of humanitarian supplies, so important. >> we're going to work with the international peacekeepers under the u.n. to supplement them in providing security. they have been basically the police force. haiti doesn't have an army. they didn't have have much police force. it is being rebuilt by the united nations with our assistance. this is a country that's suffered so many blows. last year it was four hurricanes. this year an earthquake. it is hard almost to imagine. but the people of haiti are resilient. they are a hopeful people. we are going to do everything we
, because it offers the best path toward a world with the united states is not always operating as an anti-terrorist robocop." guest: to have allies around the world combating terrorism makes a good deal of sense. that does not mean we turn our backs on the mission in afghanistan or iraq. i do not think the president has suggested that we do that. this is not a world we are choosing, but a world wto which we have to respond to the alternative is to lose, and if we lose, that would encourage those who would attack as everywhere around the world to keep it up. i think it is a multi-front approach -- i think a multi- front approaches appropriate, and the idea that we would train other countries to meet this threat around world makes a great deal of sense. we need to uncover pots before they unfold, but we need to -- and cover plots before they unfold, but we need to take the war to the enemy in other parts of the world, so that they cannot choose the time and place of the encounter bridge we need to -- so that they cannot choose the time and place of the encounter. yes, it does make sense for
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in the united states senate. >> thanksgiving weekend up in massachusetts. >> stand outside fenway in the cold. >> shake hands. >> you, too, can be a senator. >>> according to "the washington post," the fbi invoked false terrorism emergencies to illegally obtain more than 2,000 phone records during the bush administration. the bureau simply persuaded phone companies to turn their records over. a report says the fbi then issued approvaled after fact in order to justify their actions. >>> and with the late-night battle lines clearly drawn, team conan is taking its message to the streets. backed by a facebook phenomenon, fans of "the tonight show" staged rallies in four cities yesterday. conan made a personal appearance outside universal studios, even buying pizzas for hundreds of people standing in the rain. conan appears poised to leave nbc after he refused to move his show to a later time slot. meanwhile, jay leno who is set to take back his old show at the 11:35 start time says it all comes down to business. >> when the boss gives you a job and you don't do it well, i think we did a good job
is the top notch security priority for the united states government in afghanistan. i am looking for to travel to afghanistan to visit with officials from the afghan government. 80 percent of afghans earn their income from agriculture. 35 percent of the afghan gdp comes of agriculture. 50% -- >> we will right now lead the state department briefing to go live to the heritage foundation. we have fixed the problem, and we will bring you this discussion on the 2010 midterm election. republican pollster kellyanne conway is the guest speaker. this is live coverage on c-span2. >> good afternoon and thank you all for venturing out on such a cold january day here in washington, d.c.. although it's a lot colder other places around the country. and around the world. welcome to all of you here in the nation's capital here at the heritage foundation with us, and to all of those watching on c-span. all around the country and the world. this is the january conservative women's network, and i'm michelle easton, president. special thank you to heritage foundation, brigitte wagner who is such a wo
. should they be frustrated and angry at him? >> he's the president of the united states. ultimately he accepts responsibility and he knows that he has to move our country in a new direction. he said from the beginning it's going to be tough and challenging and he isn't shying away from that challenge. he said he's going to continue to fight. that's what he's going to do. every single morning he wakes up recommitted to fighting on behalf of our country. every night before he goes to bed he reads letter from 10 people around the country, sometimes children, asking for help. the people in america love this country. they are willing to work hard. >> do they have reason to be frustrated at him? >> they have a reason with everybody because we have not delivered yet. we're in washington and we have to change the culture here. that's not something that's easy. it's not something that's going to happen overnight but certainly they have every reason to be frustrated. there is also a "washington post" poll that said look, if you show people what is in health care, they are supportive of it. and p
in the united states and the earnings of the big companies that are about to report. in fact, i regard it as an inverse correlation. the more they fire here, the more money they make. and the hirer their stock goes. given that business is so bad in this country and better almost everywhere else, i believe companies will be penalized with lower stock prices if they hire here and will rally if they hire overseas where the growth is. what matters during earning season is less earnings, and right now joblessness equals profits. it's a fact. when it comes to this kind of thing, getting political, making judgments whether it's the congress' fault for making things so darn confusing and difficult for small business, or whether it's the rich moneybag bankers that shouldn't make their pay, maybe they're the problem. all of those things just obscure what we need to think about as investors, which is how much money companies are making from not hiring people. case in point, caterpillar. see that one today? stock folded $3.79. it was a stunning move. a stunning move. talk about a company that's la
are the biggest community college in the united states. >> small? 160,000 students? >> yes, and we indicater to basically all of miami dade. all the mayors, senators, congressman. we were meeting with a senator tomorrow. we have a very strong through in -- influence in southern florida. >> so you go for two years? >> correct and then we transfer off to university. >> by the way, this school, george washington, gets $50,000 some-odd a year for tuition. what do you have to pay? >> i've been in the honors college so thankfully we get in-state fully covered but it would be approximately $ 6 a create co--- credit. so every year, $1,000 semester a approximately plus books. >> so a little different. >> right. >> due happen to know how many go on to a four-year university or college? >> once you graduate, especially in honorors college, we all usually going going on to get our bachelor's. >> what have you learned? >> just to keep an open mind. you can't narrow yourself to only your view because there are other people and their views and you need to pay attention to those. >> do you belong to a party
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